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Kisio gives up head coaching duties to focus on being GM of Calgary Hitmen @NHLdotcom

CALGARY - Kelly Kisio has given up the head-coaching duties with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen to focus on being the club's general manager.

Dave Lowry takes over as the Hitmen head coach. Kisio spent four seasons as head coach but begins his 11th year as the club's general manager. During his tenure, Calgary has never missed the WHL playoffs.

"Kelly has led the Hitmen to the Western Hockey League's top regular-season winning percentage over the past 10 years," Hitmen president Ken King said in a statement. "Assuming the temporary dual role in 2004-'05 as head coach and general manager, Kelly positioned us ideally for this important and logical succession step."

Lowry was Calgary's associate coach last year before serving two seasons as an assistant coach. He becomes the sixth head coach in club history.

"The role of a general manger is extremely time consuming and my decision to hand over the head coaching duties allows me to fully commit to this busy position," said Kisio. "Dave has done an outstanding job of developing our players over the past three seasons and is more than ready to lead our hockey team."

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